NSW Youth Championship Wrap-up
Gosford Sailing Club was well represented at the 2016 NSW Youth Championship last weekend with a total of 9 boats from GSC competing in the event. The event was hosted by Georges River Sailing Club over a period of three days and consisted of a range of shifty conditions, from 5-25 knots. With 11 various classes competing, there were a total of 237 boats involved in the regatta.
Flying 11-In the F11 class Sam Grilk and Logan Howard, Britney Bedding and Jemima Senior as well as Eva and Abby Anido all put on a show in the 28 strong fleet. The F11 class competed on Charlie Course, the furthest course out towards Sydney Airport on Botany Bay. This course saw sailors competing on large, open chop waters with long-range shifts. Our GSC F11 sailors had the opportunity to gain more experience in areas of boat handling in tough conditions as well as race-management strategies when sailing amongst a large fleet. Sam Grilk and Logan Howard had the best individual race result of 21st, whilst the teams of Britney Bedding and Jemima Senior and Eva and Abby Anido had only 1 point separating them in the final overall results!
Sabot One Up- The sabot one-up class had a total of 18 boats competing. GSC sailors Lincoln Senior, Myah Greenwood and Miles Greenwood all gave it their best shot, steadily building experience in character-building conditions. Wild winds saw large swell out on the racetrack on day two of the regatta. Myah Greenwood summed up the conditions as she eased through towards day three of the regatta as “The waves were huge, almost the same size as me!” Meanwhile, Lincoln Senior had a fantastic performance placing 8th overall. In the 5 races completed, his best race result was a 6th!
Optimist (Open Fleet) - The Optimist Open Fleet had a total of 50 boats competing. After 5 races GSC sailor Bridget Conrad showed her style placing 23rd overall, with a best race result of 17th. Clearly, the training is paying off for Bridget, who continues to show form and improvement in performance results at major regattas.
International 420- Sophie McIntosh and Emily Summerell competed in the International 420 class. After just 4 races they placed equal 1st overall, 2nd on count back. After day two which saw 26 degree heat and unpredictable winds, McIntosh said “We had an interesting day, it was important for us to keep our concentration levels up and keep hydrated. We were out there for quite a long time but once the racing got going, it (the breeze) started to build and we had a really good day. She later summed up the regatta stating “It was a little disappointing to only sail 4 races over the 3 days but we can’t control the wind, only adapt to it. All the race officers/officials, volunteers and support crew put on a great regatta despite the testing conditions”.
Gosford Sailing Club would like to say a HUGE congratulations to all of our GSC sailors involved. Click on the link below to view some video highlights from the last day of racing by Beau Outteridge Productions. https://www.facebook.com/AusYouthChamps/videos/661169220715397/